The appeals were made by Celtic Energy Limited in relation to decisions by Neath Port Talbot Council and Bridgend Council.
Celtic Energy Ltd applied for planning permission to extract coal by opencast methods. This included the extension to the existing site, screening, restoration and aftercare management at Margam Opencast Coal Site, near Cefn Cribwr, Bridgend.
Both Councils refused to grant the planning permissions and Celtic Energy Ltd appealed to the Welsh Ministers against those refusals.
The appeals were originally transferred to a Planning Inspector for determination but the Welsh Ministers recovered jurisdiction over the appeals so that they could determine them themselves.
Jurisdiction was recovered because the appeals involved major proposals for the winning and working of minerals.
The reasons for the Minister’s decision on the appeals are contained in the decision letter which was issued yesterday (Thursday 19 November).
Under planning law the Minister’s decision on the appeals is final and it is not possible for her, or anyone else within the Welsh Assembly Government or the Planning Inspectorate, to comment on the merits of the decision or discuss the reasoning behind it or to reconsider it.
20 November 2009